A huge alligator was captured Friday carrying the lifeless body of a Floridian through a canal.
A witness first saw the 14-foot reptile with its victim clenched in its jaws on a residential street in Largo, a small community just four miles south of Clearwater.
“I realized there was a body in his mouth, so I started recording,” witness JaMarcus Bullard told Spectrum Bay News 9.
The huge alligator was seen by a witness carrying a lifeless body in a canal.holly gregory/X
Bullard, who was on his way to a job interview, alerted the Largo Fire Department, which was stationed just steps away from the bloody scene.
Emergency personnel quickly pulled the alligator out of the water and shot it “several times,” Bullard said.
“A lot of my neighbors were here and they were the ones who told me about the alligator,” area resident Jennifer Dean told the outlet.
Authorities shot the animal to death after removing it from the water, witnesses said.holly gregory/X
“While we were here we heard a gunshot, I guess they killed the alligator.”
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that both the victim and the alligator were pulled from the canal, but declined to say whether they were the ones who pulled the trigger.
At the scene, investigators stood next to the bloodied alligator, which appeared to be at least 10 feet long.
Officials have not yet determined the victim’s cause of death.holly gregory/X
The area is near popular Ridgecrest Park, which includes a 5-acre lake known for housing alligators.
Alligators routinely roam the neighborhood, according to Dean, but the one that died Friday was one of the largest he’s ever encountered.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the Floridian’s death.